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Essay Films: Essaying the Subject

[image: Rhys Tranter]

The Art of the Essay Film explores the form of filmmaking that lies between documentary and fiction, blossoming during the political uprisings of the 1960s. This BFI Southbank season presents compelling and philosophical examples from Chris Marker, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles, Raul Rúiz and Santiago Álvarez, among others.

Essay Films: Essaying the Subject
As part of the Sight & Sound season exploring the essay film, Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork, author of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film) delivers an insightful talk addressing some of the categories through which the essay can be framed – space and place, time and memory, art and the filmic image, ethnography and activism. Through examples as varied as Sans Soleil and Los Angeles Plays Itself, she finds at the essay film’s heart a thinking subject, at once sceptical of and present to history, deeply introspective and fully embedded in the world.
Tue 27 Aug 20:30 Library Tickets £6

Cinema Squared: The Form and Force of the Essay Film
To mark the beginning of the Sight & Sound ‘Deep Focus’ season of essay films, the BFI presents a keynote lecture exploring some of the ideas and issues associated with this unique film form by artist and theorist Kodwo Eshun, co-founder of the Otolith Group, Course Leader in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, author of Dan Graham: Rock My Religion in Afterall’s One Work series, and co-editor of The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective and Harun Farocki: Against What Against Whom.
Thu 1 Aug 18:10 NFT3 Tickets £6

Sight & Sound Deep Focus Panel Discussion
As they near the close of their survey of the essay film – Sight & Sound’s latest ‘Deep Focus’ season – a prestigious panel of filmmakers and theorists gather to explore the scope, impact and possibilities of this uniquely personal cinematic form. Chair Chris Darke will be joined by Kodwo Eshun, Laura Mulvey and Laura Rascaroli, and hopefully John Akomfrah (Handsworth Songs).
Wed 28 Aug 18:10 NFT3 Tickets £6

3:AM-ers can obtain special BFI member rates of £1.50 off for any of this season’s events, simply by quoting ’3AMBFI’ when booking in person, on line or over the phone (020 7928 3232).

First posted: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013.

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